Police identify ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in Elmwood Park shooting

Police are looking for James Allandale, 61, for attempted homicide in the shooting that sent a woman to the hospital.

News 12 Staff

Dec 28, 2022, 1:17 PM

Updated 564 days ago


The man who allegedly shot a woman in Elmwood Park Tuesday night has been identified by police.
Police are looking for James Allandale, 61, for attempted homicide in a shooting that sent a woman to the hospital.
After he allegedly shot the victim, detectives say Allandale took off in a white pickup. It was found in nearby Paterson but there was no sign of Allandale. On Wednesday, authorities conducted an all-out manhunt on consisting of police patrols, K-9s units, a state police helicopter, Bergen County sheriffs and several uniformed officers.
Authorities say law enforcement units will remain in the neighborhood in case the suspect decides to come back.
"If he wanted to return for whatever reason -- he has belongings in the house, there's a vehicle that belongs to him, so if he's thinking about coming back, we'll be here to intercept him," said Woodland Park Police Dept. Chief Michael Foligno.
The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office first confirmed that it was investigating the shooting at a Lincoln Avenue home in Elmwood Park just after 5 p.m.
Confirmed details remain scant, but neighbors said they called 911 when they saw who they claim was the homeowner's boyfriend with a gun. They also told News 12 New Jersey he shot her friend, who somehow ended up at a 7-Eleven in Fair Lawn about two miles from the scene. She was taken from there to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Allandale has a known criminal background, according to court records, including convictions on terroristic threat, kidnapping and weapons possession charges.
Neighbors said Allendale was known to be angry and violent and had recently moved in with that girlfriend on Lincoln Avenue. She is said to be physically OK.
While Allandale is considered to possibly be armed and dangerous, Elmwood Park officials said residents are safe.
Anyone who sees Allandale or know where he is, is urged not to approach him and call police.

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